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NBA: Charlotte Eligible to Host 2019 All-Star Game

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver says Charlotte will be eligible to host the 2019 All-Star Game after a recent change to a North Carolina law that limited anti-discrimination protections for lesbian, gay and transgender people. Silver says Friday the league’s Board of Governors discussed it during their meetings this week and made what was “not an easy decision.” He says it’s “not a done deal” that Charlotte will get the game, because the league would need assurances of anti-discriminatory policies for venues that would host its events and hotels they would use. But Silver says it is his “expectation” that...

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NCAA: NC Back in Running to Host Events After Law Change

The NCAA says it will consider North Carolina as a host for championship events again after the state rolled back a law that limited protections for LGBT people. In a statement Tuesday, the governing body said its Board of Governors had reviewed moves to repeal the so-called “bathroom bill” and replace it with a compromise law. The NCAA said the new law “meets the minimal NCAA requirements” while expressing some concerns about provisions within it. The statement says a majority of the board “reluctantly voted” to allow for consideration of bids from North Carolina during current deliberations for sites...

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Emmert: NCAA Will Decide Next Week Whether to Return to NC

NCAA leaders need a few days to digest the new law that will replace North Carolina’s so-called “bathroom bill” before deciding whether to bring March Madness and other championship sporting events back to the Tar Heel state. As for other potential political hot spots, such as Texas where lawmakers are considering a similar bill and where the Final Four will be next year, the NCAA is in no rush to weigh in. A few hours before NCAA President Mark Emmert gave his annual pre-Final Four news conference Thursday, North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper signed a bill that rolled back...

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UNC Amasses $5.6M in Costs for Academic Scandal from 2015-17

North Carolina estimates it has amassed more than $5.6 million in attorneys’ fees and other costs between mid-2015 and January tied to its multi-year academic scandal. The school released updated figures Friday as it responds to public records requests. The total included an array of related issues, from the ongoing NCAA case that has led to five serious charges against the school to lawsuits filed by former athletes and the cost of dealing with more records requests. UNC has now amassed at least $16.3 million in costs tied to the academic scandal dating to 2012, including $3.1 million for...

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AP Exclusive: ‘Bathroom bill’ to Cost North Carolina $3.76B

The Associated Press has determined that North Carolina’s law limiting LGBT protections will cost the state more than $3.76 billion in lost business over a dozen years. That’s despite Republican assurances that the “bathroom bill” isn’t hurting the economy. The tally includes state Commerce Department projections for several large companies that backed out of projects because of the law, as well as estimates for dozens of canceled sporting events, concerts and conventions. Still, other measures show North Carolina has a healthy economy estimated at more than $500 billion a year. The federal government reported that North Carolina had one...

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NCAA Case Tied to UNC’s Academic Case Hits Another Delay

The NCAA case tied to North Carolina’s multi-year academic scandal has hit yet another delay. Spokeswoman Joanne Peters said in an email Wednesday that UNC hasn’t submitted its response due this week to five NCAA charges because it is “awaiting guidance from the committee on infractions on a new schedule.” That comes days after a woman at the center of the scandal issued an affidavit defending the quality of courses offered while her attorney said the NCAA had falsely charged her with wrongdoing. Elliot Abrams, Deborah Crowder’s attorney, told The Associated Press on Wednesday that he is working with...

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Craig Hicks Faces Families of Murdered Muslim Students in Brief Hearing

A man accused of gunning down his Muslim neighbors was emotionless during a brief court appearance where he faced his victims’ relatives for the first time in nearly two years. Defendant Craig Hicks appears to have lost a significant amount of weight since the fatal shootings in February 2015. He wore an orange jumpsuit and said nothing during the pretrial hearing Tuesday in which attorneys discussed discovery issues. Hicks is charged with three counts of first-degree murder in the killings of 23-year-old Deah Barakat; his wife, 21-year-old Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha; and her sister, 19-year-old Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha. Deah Barakat’s brother,...

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Mom Says She Caught Carrboro Day Care Worker Breastfeeding Her Child

A North Carolina mother says surveillance video at the day care where she works caught another worker breastfeeding her 3-month-old son without permission. Kaycee Oxendine told multiple Raleigh television stations that security footage inside Carrboro Early School showed a woman adjusting her top and bringing Oxendine’s 3-month-old son to her chest to breastfeed him. Oxendine said her son’s teacher told her he was constipated, and when another woman working in the nursery asked Oxendine if she could breastfeed the boy to see if it would help, Oxendine twice said no. Day care director Daron Council said an employee reported what...

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US Supreme Court Blocks New North Carolina Maps, Fall Elections

The U.S. Supreme Court temporarily blocked a lower court ruling ordering North Carolina legislators to redraw state legislative districts and hold special elections within the altered districts this fall. Tuesday’s court order granted the request of North Carolina Republican legislative leaders to delay the ruling by a three-judge panel. The lower court last summer threw out 28 state House and Senate districts as racial gerrymanders. The Supreme Court says its order will stay in place at least until the court decides whether to hear the appeal. If the justices take up the case, the stay will remain in effect...

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UNC Again Faces NCAA Extra-Benefits Charge in Academic Case

North Carolina again faces an NCAA charge for providing improper extra benefits tied to its multi-year academic fraud scandal. The school on Thursday released a third Notice of Allegations (NOA) from the NCAA that outlines rules violations. The notice, dated Dec. 13, includes rewording a charge that had been removed from the first version filed in May 2015 that was tied to athletes’ access to the irregular courses on the Chapel Hill campus. That charge, originally tied to conduct by academic counselors, now focuses on two former staffers in that department while also citing them for violating “principles of...

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